The Tampa Bay Rays are having a fantastic spring training at (15-6). They have the best record in the majors right now. Whenever the Rays have a strong spring they start out the season playing quality baseball. A lot of decisions have been made in the last three weeks and there are more to come. The Rays just recently have decided to name Jake Odorizzi as the fifth starter. The main question all spring was who will become the fifth starter to finish off this strong pitching staff. Jake Odorizzi, Erik Bedard and Cesar Ramos made their cases but the right decision was made with Odorizzi. Bedard has said he will look for other options if he does not get the starting job in Tampa. Ramos will return to the bullpen as the long relief pitcher.
Yunel Escobar, Evan Longoria, Desmond Jennings, James Loney, David DeJesus and Ben Zobrist are all swinging the bat very well this spring. Wil Myers has started to see the ball well too. Jerry Sands is having a great spring to go along with Jeremy Moore and Brandon Guyer. All these players are fighting for the last utility spot but will most likely have some key contributions during the Rays upcoming season. Sands and Moore were sent down so it looks like Brandon Guyer will be on the opening day roster.
Nathan Karns has shown some good stuff on the pitching mound. The Rays acquired him through the trade of Jose Lobaton. Karns has shown some true potential and will hopefully make an impact this season. Chris Archer, Alex Cobb and David Price have been taking care of business from the mound this spring. Jake Odorizzi is excited for his chance to prove that he belongs in the majors. He had the best spring so far and as a young pitcher he will look to excel with this opportunity. The Rays did lose Alex Colome for 50 games due to a suspension for the use of steroids that is commonly used with horses.
Opening day is right around the weekend and Rays' fans are excited. Tampa Bay will face off against the Toronto Blue Jays this Monday at Tropicana Field at 4:00. David Price will get the nod and he is matched up against the knuckle ball of R.A. Dickey on Monday. The time has now come for Rays’ baseball. This team is built to win with Joe Maddon and Andrew Friedman at the helm. This team has all the correct pieces in place. Now comes the time for execution. There is only a few more spring training games remaining before the 2014 season gets rolling.